Shay Given – Give Kinnear Some Credit


The great Shay Given was non committal when Joe Kinnear first came to the club as interim manager.

Shay Given – now fully supports manager Joe Kinnear

And when he was asked if it was a good thing Kinnear joining the club, he at first said he didn’t know, and then talked about how important it was to get a new permanent manager into the club.

But of course before that happens owner Mike Ashley will need to sell the club, and there’s no doubt that has become much more difficult with the global credit crunch crisis now sweeping most countries.

But Given now seems to be a lot more supportive of fellow Irishman Joe, once he’s worked with Joe for a couple of weeks, and now says that Joe Kinnear can count on his support.

Given has expressed both sympathy and support for Joe Kinnear, who of course launched an X-rated rant at some of the media 11 days ago, for their less than honest stories about him.

Shay said today:

“He was disappointed and angry with some of the stuff that was written about him,”

“He needed to get a few things off his chest – and he certainly did that – but we’ve got to give him credit for coming up to the club when it’s in turmoil.”

It’s a difficult task for Joe, but he knew that before he came up to Tyneside, and he now seems to be relishing every day on the job, and that’s always good to see, and certainly his enthusiasm will rub off on our players.

We already saw the positive effect on them in the Everton game, when they were able to come back from two goals down to get a creditable draw and break the 5 game losing streak.

We are looking forward to even better performances from the lads, starting with Manchester City next Monday evening – in front of what we hope will be a full house to welcome Joe to Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 13, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Shay – legend it is nice to be getting some feedback out of the club since the wall of silence we were faced with. Come on JFK !!!

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  • selly no skill

    Oct 13, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    if kinnear gets say 10 to 12 games and does well,why wouldnt we try him permanantly?he has the right sort of character to run our club,and he seems to talk a lot of tactical sense too.he has already worked out our weaknesses.if he fails fair enough say bye bye,but i think he will do allright especially given his limited resources.alex ferguson would have done well to have masterminded that turn around at goodison park.

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  • Davec

    Oct 13, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Fair play to Shay and to JK. Hopefully, the positive effect he seems to have had, plus returning injured player will make for some more hopeful times ahead for the toon.

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  • Scot Lithgow

    Oct 13, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Joe will be good enough to keep us in the premiership I am not sure how far he could take the club though

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  • Ppitstop

    Oct 13, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Shay will be remembered by the fans long after he hangs up his boots!

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6

    He certainly did get things off his chest with all that cursing at the reporters….
    JK legend

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  • realist_nufc

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Shay needs to stop getting ahead of himself. I’m all for players coming out and talking not only to the press, but to the fans, but some of the things Shay has said over the past month or so have been bang out of order.
    I’m a fan of Shay, (except his f***ing ridiculous kicking habits) but i think he has now said enough and should let the boss do his job.
    Keep the Faith.

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  • Scot Lithgow

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Is it just me or does the photo of Joe to right of this post look more like Steve Bruce?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Oct 13, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I thought it was shay who was slagging JK off in a recent article. Maybe he’s read this blog & decided that we don’t all hate him, so changed his tune.
    Or, it could all be press BS trying to find any old crap to write.
    I wanna see the players close ranks & give the press nowt to go on.

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